Vauxhall has proudly introduced a new-look Astra Hatch and Sports Tourer, along with the latest addition to its GTC range, the 195PS BiTurbo diesel model.
Available to order now, with first deliveries in September 2012, the refreshed design of the Astra Hatch and Sports Tourer – both of which are built at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire – gives the cars a more bold and aggressive appearance.
Both body styles get a new front grille, with repositioned logo-bar in the upper section and a re-styled lower section. New front-indicator lamps and a new design of fog lamp (where fitted) complete the front-end revisions. The rear of both models has also been refreshed, with new rear-panel styling complemented by a chrome lower moulding.
New-look Astra pricing remains unchanged from the previous model.
Also newly available is the Astra GTC 2.0 CDTi BiTurbo, which will become the most powerful non-VXR model in the range, producing 195PS and 400Nm of torque. And while the extra power and torque give it a healthy lift in performance, with 0 to 60mph arriving in just 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 139mph, the BiTurbo still achieves a combined 53.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 139g/km. All BiTurbos receive Vauxhall’s start/stop system as standard.
Uniquely in this class, the GTC uses a sequential turbocharging system, with the smaller turbo accelerating quickly at lower speeds to eliminate ‘lag’, providing 350Nm of torque from just 1500rpm. In the mid-range, both turbochargers work together, providing maximum torque of 400Nm between 1750 and 2500rpm.
The Astra GTC BiTurbo enters the range at £23,925 – a premium of £995 over the GTC 2.0 CDTi 165PS model. In addition to extra power and torque, it also boasts bespoke 18-inch alloy wheels, electronic climate control, 6mm lower ride-height, a new body-kit and ‘Track’ interior trim, with a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel.
The appeal of all Astra models is further enhanced by a raft of options previously unseen in the range. Customers can now order the Driver Assistance Pack, which for £750 includes features like forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, traffic-sign recognition and following-distance indicator.
New options for the Hatch and Sports Tourer include a Rear View Camera Pack, Winter Pack (heated steering wheel and seats for £345) and LED daytime running lights (£145). Three new colours – Sculpture Bronze, Phantom Grey and Deep Sky – have also been introduced, while the Astra’s standard DAB radio has been upgraded to a DMB (Digital Media Broadcast) system across the range.
As with all Vauxhall passenger cars, Lifetime Warranty is standard, giving first-owners the peace of mind of a warranty that literally lasts the car’s lifetime, up to a maximum 100,000 miles.
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